Surveyor III - City Surveyor

Requisition ID: 37252 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Main Purpose and Function

The City Surveyor is responsible for managing the cadastral survey fabric (legal survey boundaries) within the City and all matters related thereto. Reports to the Director, Engineering Projects & Development Services and leads a team of unionized and exempt staff comprised of Engineering Assistants, Survey Assistants and Technicians, and Assistant City Surveyors, this position oversees legal surveys of land in the City and in particular surveys of City-owned real property including all streets, lanes and other Engineering controlled lands, all City-owned capital assets, Property Endowment Fund lands, Parks and social housing sites. 


The City Surveyor is also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Land Survey Branch, manages development and rezoning reviews for the branch, coordinates all matters related to land tenure particularly as related to City streets and provides professional survey services and consulting advice to internal departments and boards and external agencies. 


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides strategic direction to the Land Survey Branch and strategic policy advice to senior management, including the development of policy on matters related to land acquisitions (street and lane widening), dispositions of street and lane (closures) and in particular, use of City street and lane for bridges, tunnels and private building encroachments; sets policy in areas related to land tenure

  • Develops applicable policy around street and lane dedications pursuant to the Land Title Act and the Vancouver Charter

  • Provides leadership and guidance to staff, including hiring, performance management, etc.

  • Reviews all conditional use development permit applications and rezoning applications for form of tenure, road and lane widenings, road and lane closures, use of public property and encroachment matters, and formulates and administers related conditions

  • Represents the Engineering Services Department on the Civic Assets Naming Committee and maintains the official Street Name Map and records, thereby providing continuity with a focus on safety and in particular emergency response

  • Participates in Development Permit (DP) Staff Committee review and commentary

  • Develops Engineering Services’ decisions on matters related to the sale of City-owned land, the purchase of land for civic purposes, acquisition of and/or release of rights-of-way, easements, covenants, encroachment agreements and street and lane closures, including the preparation of reports to Council and Council Committees and the requisite formal resolutions

  • Attends Council meetings and meetings of Council Committees offering advice on land tenure matters and responding to enquiries

  • Manages applications related to status of registered charges as they relate to bulkhead agreements, support agreements, easements, encroachment agreements, leases, bridges, overpasses and tunnels on City street and lane, rights-of-way, covenants and liaison services related to sidewalk crossings

  • Administers, in conjunction with the Assistant City Surveyors, all legal survey services for the City including for Engineering, Legal Services, Planning, Parks, Real Estate Services, Fire & Rescue Services and Risk and Emergency Management

  • Administers and controls the maintenance of 3500 integrated survey control monuments including administration of the Active Control System

  • Oversees the management of the City’s Geographical Information System (GIS)

  • Manages the operating budget for the Land Survey Branch

  • Provides consulting services for Legal Services on all forms of documentation related to civic business including encroachments, rights-of-way, air space subdivisions, volumetric parcels and easements, options to purchase, covenants, sale and purchase agreements, formal resolutions and by-laws

  • Provides consulting services to the Approving Officer on subdivision applications including determination of all road and lane acquisition needs, and to external agencies such as the Land Title Office, the Surveyor General and Metro Vancouver.

  • Provides advice and services to the general public regarding encroachments, property line problems, future road and lane acquisitions and options to purchase, including resolution of problems related to boundary disputes and negotiating settlements between the parties

  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned



Education and Experience:

  • Diploma in Geomatics or a related field and a minimum of 10 years’ experience as a commissioned BC Land Surveyor (BCLS) or an equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Experience leading teams in a senior administrative role

  • Practicing member of the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors (ABCLS)

  • Experience working within a local government organization is an asset


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and techniques of land surveying 

  • Considerable knowledge of the Land Title Act, Vancouver Charter, Strata Property Act, Land Act, Expropriation Act and other statutes and regulations governing the surveying and subdivision of land in BC as well as knowledge of the principles and procedures in dealing with land and streets in the City of Vancouver

  • Demonstrated ability in the areas of leadership including conflict resolution, performance management, and strategic and project planning

  • Demonstrated ability to lead through organizational change

  • Judgement and negotiation skills

  • Interpersonal and communication skills , including the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing

  • Ability to be impartial and objective

  • Ability to analyze and make recommendations and decisions

  • Ability to lead or facilitate meetings, groups and teams, including managing controversial subjects

  • Ability to build consensus while representing the City’s interests with regional, provincial and federal partners

  • Ability to organize, lead and direct diverse activities in a changing environment


The City of Vancouver has a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy.  All external applicants applying to the City of Vancouver are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and subject to this policy as a condition of ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process.


Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services 

Affiliation: Exempt

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: January, 2023

Salary Information: Pay Grade RNG-121: $122,664 to $161,406 per annum


Application Close: December 7, 2022

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, 2SLGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion


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